Clean Air: You miss it when it’s Gone!

Clean Air: You miss it when it’s Gone!

AUGUST 24, 2018

In the past week the air has been very smokey here in Centralia and last weekend it got into the “very unhealthy” stage due to forest fires and their smoke coming down from British Columbia.  In the neighborhood the smoke eliminated all views of Mount Rainier and even to areas outside the neighborhood.

For healthy folks they recommend not doing much in the outdoors.  For seniors, kids and those with heart or respiratory illnesses this weather conditions can be very problematic.

Tuesday and Wednesday were the most dangerous, healthwise, in the local area.  The measure of air pollutants is currently at 106 “unhealthy for sensitive groups”.  Tuesday it floated up over 200 in the “Hazardous (Very, Very unhealthy)”.  We got some relief yesterday but are back to a little smokey today.  I thought it would interesting to learn more about the British Columbia fires that are causing these dreary days and polluted air.

The British Columbia Wildfire Service says more than 1,800 wildfires have been recorded since the season began on April 1, charring nearly 3,800 square kilometers of timber and bush. This is over three times the average.  Click HERE for detailed current news on the many fires that are burning in British Columbia.

ACCORDING TO THE EPA:

Wildfire smoke can cause or worsen a number of health problems, including reduced lung function, infectious bronchitis, asthma and heart failure, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“When you’re breathing things in, before they get to the lungs, you’re affecting all of your upper airways – your nasal cavity, oral cavity, throat and vocal cords,” Ordon said.

Sinus trouble and increased cough can also occur. Children, the elderly and people with certain pre-existing conditions, including congestive heart failure, cystic fibrosis and allergic rhinitis, are particularly at risk.

“If somebody has underlying respiratory problems, like asthma, emphysema, COPD and if you’re a smoker, these people get into trouble quickly because they already have a compromised respiratory and pulmonary function,” Ordon said.

HOW TO STAY SAFE:

To minimize the threat of wildfire smoke, it is recommended that those in impacted areas remain inside with doors and windows shut to keep the polluted air outside.

Drivers are also advised to keep windows closed and set the air conditioning to recirculate mode.

Wearing the appropriate mask is crucial, because not all masks will prevent wildfire smoke inhalation.

“There are a lot of good, high-quality masks available,” Ordon said. “Make sure that it’s one that is high grade and has a rating system that will keep the majority of particles and smoke filtered out.”

Appropriate masks include N95 or P1000 disposable particulate respirators, and dust masks are not recommended.

Keeping an eye on local air quality reports and using an air filter in your home will also help reduce the risk of smoke exposure.

Seeing these pictures makes me appreciate that we are not in the middle of these fires and feel sympathy for those who are being evacuated or even just having to live in these areas.  Stay safe by watching the air quality reports and staying inside when those numbers creep up.  We are just in the middle of forest fire season so this could last awhile.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:


stillwatersestates

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Stillwaters Estates complies with Federal Fair Housing Laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, familial status, and disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its housing programs and activities. Stillwaters Estates is also Fair Housing compliant regarding State, County and City definitions of protected classes. The Fair Housing / 504 Coordinator has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s regulations implementing Section 504 (24 CFR, part 8 dated June 2, 1988).

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you fill out a form.

When requesting information on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways: To send periodic emails.  The email address you provide, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your request, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.  Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, please just notify us by email at sherri@stillwatersestates.com

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.

Do we use cookies?

We do not use cookies.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our websites privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will update the Privacy Policy modification date below.

This policy was last modified on March 8, 2013

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

www.stillwatersestates.com
2800 Cooks Hill Road
Centralia, WA 98531
USA
sherri@stillwatersestates.com
360-736-4744